Since the early 2000s, JR has been working on a project to display portraits of giant figures on the street and engaging in citizen-participatory street art projects that make ordinary individuals express their voices on political discourses.
JR take pictures of anonymous citizens and print out them in huge size. By showing individual's face pictures in the street, he tries to make people recognized as a subject who has its own personality and experiences while they usually have been only understood as a group identity, such as a specific occupation, class, age, and gender. JR's work is in contact with Rancière's aesthetic politics as an example of the politics of visibility in which the anonymous public reveals themselves through artistic acts and becomes the subject of discourse. In accordance with Rancière's discussion referring to politics as a problem of subjects or a problem of subjectivization styles, this study analyze characteristics of JR's artistic activity as a new aesthetic practice case that changes everyday life, JR uses his portrait projects as a strategy to illuminate the lives of marginalized or distorted communities. It seeks to discover the political implications of street art activities by viewing it as a process of political subjectivization through the subversion of group identity.